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Welcome to the New Year!

Happy New Year! 2015 is underway, and there’s already a lot happening that impacts our positions as educators.

Ignite ’15
NASSP’s annual conference, Ignite ’15, will be held February 19-21 in San Diego. For more information, or to register, go to: Ignite ’15. We look forward to seeing you there.

Reauthorizing ESEA
One of the things that NASSP does for us is lobby leaders in Washington. We wanted to share with you the letters they sent to the leadership of both the House and Senate education committees regarding NASSP’s priorities for a reauthorized ESEA. The letters were sent jointly with NAESP and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). AASSP has signed a letter of support and NASSP will be sending a copy of that letter to each member of the House and Senate education committees next week.

There has been a lot of talk that the Senate will move very quickly this winter on a bill to reauthorize ESEA. NASSP has been and will continue to conduct meetings with Senate education committee staff regarding the bill and their priorities.
The letters have been posted here.

Changes to the BP Alaska Principal’s Scholarship Program
The Alaska Principals Foundation, which oversees the BP Alaska Principal’s Scholarship Program, has been in discussions with BP to make some changes to the program.

First, instead of being distributed annually for four years, scholarships will now be awarded in total during the fall semester of the first year of eligibility. Basically, this gets the money to the student without the necessity of tracking the distribution of funds over four years.
In an effort to bring previous year’s scholarship recipients up to date with the program, the foundation will be paying off each of the recipients with the remainder of their scholarship.
The foundation and BP also decided to discontinue the Commissioner’s Scholarship.
More information on the scholarship program is available here.

Legislative Fly-In
The 2015 Legislative Fly-In is scheduled for February 3 and 4. Board member Kersten Johnson-Struempler (South Anchorage High School) and President-elect Mary McMahon (Colony Middle School) will be joining principals from AAESP, the Anchorage Principals Association, the Fairbanks Principals Association, and members of ACSA for two days on the hill.

With the new administration just getting settled and oil prices on the decline this is the perfect time for our voices to be heard in Juneau. Thanks to everyone who will be heading to the capital to represent the hopes and futures of the children of Alaska.

Remember, if you have anything you’d like to get out to the AASSP members, send it along and we’ll include it in the February Newsletter, and we are always looking for more pictures of Alaska principals in action for this website.

Until then, thank you for all you do for your students, your schools and your communities.

All the best,
Denise